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Central Market will host a notable array of culinary authors and chefs at the Central Market Cooking Tent during the 2016 Texas Book Festival. Many of this year’s featured speakers are nationally renowned as award-winning authors, chefs and restaurateurs. The authors and chefs will hold cooking demonstrations and discussions during both days of the Festival. After their demonstrations, authors will sign books in our Cookbook Sales Tent. We hope to see you in the Cooking Tent!


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The United Tastes of Texas with Jessica Dupuy, 10-10:45am     screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-11-54-09-am

Smoked brisket, chicken fried steak, skillet cornbread, tortilla soup – hungry yet? Don’t miss fourth-generation Texan and award-winning writer Jessica Dupuy as she makes mouths water from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast, the Chisos to the Piney Woods, with a recipe from United Tastes of Texas: Authentic Recipes from All Corners of the Lone Star State.


All Hail the Queen of Tex-Mex! with Sylvia Casares, 11:30-12:15pm  screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-00-14-pm

Learn the best from the Queen of Tex-Mex! Houston’s own famed restaurateur Sylvia Casares is here to wow us with her wonderful ways of snapping our favorite Tex-Mex dishes into fresh, fabulous, flavor-popping new must-have meals with a recipe from The Enchilada Queen Cookbook: Enchiladas, Fajitas, Tamales, and More Classic Recipes from Texas – Mexico Border Kitchens. All hail the queen!



  screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-02-55-pmFrom My Mad Hungry Family to Yours with Lucinda Scala Quinn,      1:00- 1:45pm

Are you at the helm of a mad hungry family? Lucinda Scala Quinn is here to help with Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew. From appearances on PBS to Martha Stewart Living to her own Mad Hungry headquarters for home cooks, Quinn is an expert at satisfying any appetite. Learn from the best!



luisa-weiss-photoClassic German Baking with Luisa Weiss, 2:30-3:15pm

Stollen, lebkuchen, strudel – let’s get baking! Blogger and author Luisa Weiss—born in Berlin to an Italian mother and American father, and married into a family of bakers with roots in Saxony— shares her mastery with a scrumptious recipe from Classic German Baking: The Very Best Recipes for Traditional Favorites, from Pfeffernüsse to Streuselkuchen.


screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-10-16-pmTacos of Texas with Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, 4-4:45pm

Don’t miss taco journalists Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece with the most anticipated cookbook in Texas history – The Tacos of Texas! Mando and Jarod traveled the state in search of the best tacos and the stories behind them. Think you know how to taco? You’d better be here!




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screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-12-41-pmTaco Scientists Present: The Taco Cleanse Authors: Stephanie Bogdanich, Jessica Morris, Molly Frisinger and Wes Allison, 11-11:45am

How many tacos have you had today? One? Two? Three? That’s not enough! You are clearly suffering from taco-deficiency. Fortunately, we have a team of Taco Scientists ready to intervene with a lesson from The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life. Heal thyself. Don’t miss this. (Yes, we said Taco Scientists.)



screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-14-25-pmTaste of Persia with Naomi Duguid, 12:30-1:15pm

Naomi Duguid, world traveler and award-winning author of the acclaimed cookbook Burma, is our ambassador today to the powerful flavors, riveting tales and ancient history of the Middle East. She’ll demonstrate a recipe from her latest culinary cultural adventure, Taste of Persia: A Cook’s Travels Through Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iran, and Kurdistan, which brings vibrant, diverse regions to life on our plates.



screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-16-57-pmBig Bad Breakfast with John Currence, 2-2:45pm

James Beard Award winner, Top Chef Masters contestant, and acclaimed author of Pickles, Pigs, and Whiskey is here with Big, Bad, Breakfast: The Most Important Book of the Day, a fun, festive, highly caffeinated ode to the joys and rituals of the Southern breakfast. Grab the salt, pass the ketchup and let’s tackle the most important meal of the day!



screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-12-20-37-pmCelebrate Good Food, Come On! with Jenny Rosenstrach, 3:30-4:15pm

We’re having a party with blogger and bestselling author of Dinner: A Love Story: It all Begins at the Family Table, Jenny Rosenstrach! She’ll show us how to whip up a culinary celebration for any occasion, based on her new book, How to Celebrate Everything: Recipes and Rituals for Birthdays, Holidays, Family Dinners, and Every Day In Between.




More Foodie Sessions Not to Be Missed at TBF!


encyclopediaThe Taste of World Travel with Padma Lakshmi
Saturday Nov 5  1:00PM – First United Methodist Church

Padma Lakshmi, Emmy-nominated host of Top Chef and award-winning cookbook author, has traveled the globe experiencing unique cuisine. Now, she presents a thorough compendium the world’s spices and herbs in a vibrant, comprehensive guide, The Encyclopedia of Spices and Herbs. Join her as she shares stories of her world travels and tasting adventures. After the talk, Lakshmi will sign books at the church. Copies of the book are available for sale in the foyer.



red-rooster-cookbookSouthern Comfort, Marcus Samuelsson Style
Saturday Nov 5  4:15PM – First United Methodist Church

James Beard Award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem has become a hub for community and Southern black and cross-cultural food. Today he talks about the evolution of his restaurant, his cuisine, and the traditions that converge in his latest, The Red Rooster Cookbook.




nothing-fancyKitchen Conversations with Diana Kennedy
Sunday Nov 6  11:00AM – Capitol Auditorium

Celebrated food writer Diana Kennedy, the foremost authority on traditional Mexican cooking, shares personal stories and favorite recipes from her kitchen. Her acclaimed cookbook Nothing Fancy has been expanded with new memories, photos, recipes and commentary. Join her for a lively discussion of everything from irksome “cookbookese” to why sourcing the right local ingredients is imperative for any chef.




how-to-celebrate-everythingFood Blogging 2016
Sunday Nov 6 12:15PM – Capitol Extension Room E2.026

Luisa Weiss (“The Wednesday Chef”) and Jenny Rosenstrach (“Dinner, A Love Story”) have been successful food bloggers for years, earning huge followings of devoted fans and signing major book deals. Today, these internet culinary vets share how their recipes, styles and selves have evolved along with smart phones, Snapchat and fast-moving Facebook recipe videos.




persiaEvery Bite We Take: Naomi Duguid + Spencer Wells
Sunday Nov 6  2:30PM – Capitol Extension Room E2.028

Food is more than a meal, it’s a cultural history comprised of thousands of years, millions of hands, and scores of stories. World traveler and cookbook author Naomi Duguid (A Taste of Persia) sits down with fellow writer and globe trotter Spencer Wells to discuss the deep cultural influence behind every bite we take.